I’m heading back to the US for the largest West Coast genealogy conference - and the largest number ever of participating genealogy bloggers (70) – at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2011.
I just finished a short visit home after a long trip covering the East Coast. Here are some highlights of that trip.
At the end of March, I ran the MyHeritage.com booth at the Ohio Genealogical Society regional conference in Columbus. I reunited with old friends and colleagues, met new friends and also gave some lectures for local genealogy groups in Dayton and Cleveland.
The New England Regional Conference - in Springfield, Massachusetts – was next. I tried to find the Simpson family, but it seems it was the wrong Springfield. There were some very interesting lectures and the opportunity to work on my personal research with a lecture about genealogy repositories in Romania and Ukraine. A later conversation with the speakers discovered some previously unknown resources.
MyHeritage.com was happy to learn that the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog had been nominated for Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs (Family Tree 40).
Some 130 blogs are listed in 10 categories; MyHeritage Genealogy Blog is in the Genealogy Company category.
Readers can vote for a clearly marked specific number of blogs in each category. Blog URLs are included on the voting form, so you can check out blogs. Voting is now open through November 5. You can vote more than once.
To learn about the voting process, click here to read the magazine's Genealogy Insider blog posting.
The 80 blogs receiving the most votes will make it to the finals, and the magazine's editorial staff will select the 40 winners, to be announced in the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine and in the Genealogy Insider e-mail newsletter.
The categories are:
These bloggers give you a little (or a lot) of everything: news, research advice, their own family stories, photos, opinions and more.
Genealogy Companies (MyHeritage Genealogy Blog is here)
Blogs in this category are written on behalf of a genealogy company, and contain helpful (but not overly advertising-oriented) information on the company’s products, as well as other resources.
Here, blog content focuses on a particular heritage group, such as African-American, Jewish or Irish.
These blogs deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources.
These focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos, etc.
Content here is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.
Blogs here offer instructional content on genealogical resources and methodology.
These are primarily about genetic genealogy (DNA) and family health history.
Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a specific city, town, state or region.
Blogs here cover primarily a blogger's own research and ancestors. Family historians write what they know and what’s important to them.
Follow contest updates from Family Tree Magazine on Twitter (hashtag #FT40).
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